How to Write a Film Noir: Utilising the 8 Essential Pillars of Film Noir

Film Noir - Double Indemnity

This article will delve into what film noir is and its common tropes. We’ll offer pointers on how to write a film noir that both honours the traditions of the …

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How To Write a Captivating Love Triangle: The ULTIMATE Guide

Hunger Games Love Triangle

How To Write a Love Triangle This article will offer some key pointers on that most time-trodden (and wildly successful) cinematic device – the love triangle – and hopefully assist those …

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How to Write a Surrealist Film: Learn The Core Principles of Surrealism

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How to Write a Surrealist Film: The Core Principles of Surrealism Surrealist film tends to fall far from the aims of the original Surrealist movement. This article will demonstrate how …

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The 6 Pillars of Writing a Great Post-Apocalyptic Movie

28 Days Later - Post Apocalyptic Movie

How to Write a Great Post-Apocalyptic Movie   The post-apocalyptic movie feels eerily relevant. Deserted streets, daily political briefings, biotech-clad figures. These are no longer just science fiction fantasies. But …

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How to Write a Captivating Psychological Thriller

The Machinist Psychological Thriller

How to Write a Captivating Psychological Thriller A psychological thriller. It’s a story that gets in your head and keeps you on your toes. Psychological Thriller: ‘a thriller narrative that …

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How to Write a Great Biopic: Pitfalls Screenwriters Should Avoid

Judy Garland Biopic - 'Judy'

How to Write a Biopic: Pitfalls Screenwriters Should Avoid   From BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY to JUDY, the biopic is a seriously popular modern movie genre. But having such a concrete story …

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Thriller vs Horror – Why The Subtle Differences Can Save Your Script

Thriller vs Horror, The Birds

Thriller vs Horror – What Are the Critical Differences?   In terms of movie genres, Thriller and Horror are often mistakenly confused, or even lumped in together. The truth is, …

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Save the Cat! Analysis Series: KNOCKED UP (2007)

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One of the world’s most popular screenwriting books, Blake Snyder’s Save the Cat has brought clarity and a sense of direction to thousands of screenwriters, many of whom were looking for the logical …

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OPINION: The Key to a Great Genre Hybrid

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A genre hybrid, a cross between two or more genres, can be a boon. It’s giving the audience something familiar, tapping into genre conventions, but also fresh. However, it can …

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Writing Science Fiction Screenplays

Ex Machina - Science Fiction Screenplays

Writing Science Fiction Screenplays Sci-Fi is one of those odd genres – like the Western – that among script theorists often stimulates more argument about ‘defining your terms’ than it …

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Writing Horror Screenplays: How to Write Teen Horror

Cabin in the Woods - Writing Horror Screenplays

Writing Horror Screenplays: How to Write Teen Horror From 1974’s BLACK CHRISTMAS – rightly credited with being the god-monster of the modern mainstream genre – through to every postmodern twist …

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Writing Horror Screenplays: How to Write Occult Horror

The Exorcist - Writing Horror Screenplays

Writing Horror Screenplays: How to Write Occult Horror Occult literally means ‘hidden’ so all Horror could be described as occult in the sense that all Horror deals with things that …

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Writing Horror Screenplays: How to Write Supernatural Horror

Insidious - Writing Horror Screenplays

Writing Horror Screenplays: How to Write Supernatural Horror Supernatural Horror is perhaps the most writer-friendly of all Horror sub-genres because its effectiveness really does live on the page, rather than being hostage to practical …

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Why The Holy Trinity of Monster Movies are Impossible to Top

Terminator - Alien - Predator

With the arrival of GODZILLA at your local multiplex you might be thinking it’s time to get writing some monster movies of your own — how hard can it be, …

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10 Underdog Films With a Script That Beat The Odds

Being John Malkovich - Underdog Films that Beat the Odds

A Crazy Script Can Beat The Odds Every screenwriter at one time experiences the look of confusion and ridicule in the face of a friend, producer or agent when they …

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10 Great Quadrant Movies Screenwriters Can Learn From

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  With the box office increasingly dominated by big budget ‘Four Quadrant’ movies, squeezing out mid-budget releases, Industrial Scripts looks at the recipe for quadrant movies’ success in that seemingly …

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Writing Holiday Movies – Friday the 13th, Christmas and Halloween

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Writing Holiday Movies – Friday the 13th, Christmas and Halloween Friday the 13th is upon us – and to celebrate the day that Jason Voorhees first went on his killing …

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